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  • 27th February 2008

    Welsh police force flies Pride flag

    LGBT History Month is being celebrated with hundreds of events across the country throughout February.

    11:40 AM — A second UK police force has marked LGBT History Month by flying the gay Pride flag at its headquarters.South Wales Police were named the most gay-friendly employer in Wales by gay equality organisation Stonewall earlier this year.The police force came 17th in the list of 100 top British businesses for gay people to work in. The Pride Flag is flying at police headquarters in Bridgend.

  • Police appeal in toilet murder investigation 9

    Members of the public who were near Walton Bridge or New Zealand Avenue between 1pm and 3.30pm last Tuesday should contact Surrey Police on 0845 125 2222.

    11:10 AM — Detectives investigating the murder of a gay man in a public toilet last week are appealing for anyone who was in the area that afternoon to come forward.Last Tuesday 50-year-old Peter Jeffrey Akers, known as Jeff, was found in the gent's toilet near Walton Bridge in Walton-on-Thames.He had been stabbed. Despite being rushed to hospital by air ambulance he died of his injuries later that afternoon.

  • 26th February 2008

    Gay Iranian due for deportation today 6

    London Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has written to the Home Secretary to request her to urgently review the case of 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi.

    1:25 PM — A gay teenager from Iran who fled the UK for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum was refused is expected to be returned to the UK today by Dutch authorities.London Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has written to the Home Secretary to request her to urgently review the case of Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran.At the end of last year a court in the Netherlands ruled Medhi must be returned back to the UK.

  • Mayoral candidates to speak at anti-homophobia day launch 57

    A message of support for the IDAHO campaign will be read on behalf of incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone.

    12:50 PM — Mayoral candidates, government ministers, students and academics and national and international LGBT campaigners are all gearing up for the launch of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO-UK 2008), which take place at the London College of Fashion on March 13th.A message of support for the IDAHO campaign will be read on behalf of incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone. Mayor of London. Richard Barnes the Conservative Leader on the London Assembly, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor, and Sian Berry, the Green candidate will also be speaking.

  • International gay rights convention not feasible says minister 2

    Ms Munn referred to a joint statement she made last year as Minister for Women and Equality.

    12:30 PM — A Labour MP has asked a series of questions in the House of Commons about what steps the government is taking to bring about the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.Ashok Kumar, who represents Middlesbrough South East Cleveland, also asked junior Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Meg Munn to support the introduction of an international convention which explicitly recognises gay rights as essential human rights.Ms Munn referred to a joint statement she made last year as Minister for Women and Equality.

  • Man stabbed to death in gay village 1

    Officers have now launched a murder inquiry to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident.

    12:30 PM — Police are investigating the murder of a 25-year-old man who was stabbed to death in Manchester's gay village.At about 7.30pm on Monday 25 February 2008 the victim was on Canal Street when he was approached by two other men.One of these men approached the victim and stabbed him in the neck. He suffered a serious stab wound in the incident and was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary.

  • House of Homosexual Culture reveals queer schedule

    First up is Between the Covers, a celebration of the past, present and future of lesbian and gay literature.

    10:12 AM — Following its successful series of events last year to mark the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of gay sex, The House of Homosexual Culture has released details of upcoming events in London.First up is Between the Covers, a celebration of the past, present and future of lesbian and gay literature.This event includes the chance to see a home-grown MySpace star, Clayton Littlewood, reading from his soon-to-be-published Soho diary, Dirty White Boy.

  • EastEnders bisexual story in pictures

    Aaron Sidwell and Lacey Turner as Steven Beale and Stacey Slater

    12:00 AM — The first stages in a bisexual storyline in Britain's biggest soap opera, EastEnders are to air next week on the BBC. Photographs of the first scenes are shown on PinkNews.co.uk first.Star Aaron Sidwell is believed to being written out of the hit television programme as his character Steven Beale comes to terms with his bisexuality.The character returned to EastEnders last September after terrorising his step-father Ian.

  • 25th February 2008

    Burrell reported to be in crisis talks after gay revelations 4

    It was claimed yesterday that Burrell, 49, trawls gay saunas hunting for young men to bed behind his wife's back.

    3:15 PM — Allegations that former Royal employee Paul Burrell is secretly gay have led to crisis meetings between the former butler and his advisers.He has amassed a sizable fortune in the United States, reported to be in the region of $25 million (£12.7m). His projects there include books, a home furnishings line and etiquette classes as well as presenting a number of popular television programmes such as American Princess.

  • Gay blood ban row moves to Scottish parliament

    The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) bars men who have had sex with other men from donating blood, even if they used a condom.

    12:10 PM — A petition is being prepared for submission to the Scottish Parliament calling for a repeal to the ban the prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the UK.Rob McDowall, the creator of the petition, told PinkNews.co.uk: "Being gay doesn't prevent me from paying tax, using public transport or working in a responsible position, so why should it prevent me from giving the gift of life?"The UK Blood Transfusion Service bars men who have had sex with other men from donating blood.

  • 23rd February 2008

    Rowan Williams holding “secret” talks to avoid gay split 4

    Rowan Williams will aim to avoid more splits

    4:00 PM — Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury is understood to be backing plans that would create a "parallel" conservative Church in America in a bid to for American conservatives to avert prevent further splits over the ordination of gay clergy and wider attitudes to homosexuality.The Daily Telegraph reports that Dr Williams has held talks with senior American bishops who oppose some of the more liberal approaches taken by the Episcopal Church.

  • EastEnders to air new bisexual storyline

    Steven Beale played by Aaron Sidwell will leave the soap shortly

    12:10 PM — EastEnders star Aaron Sidwell is believed to being written out of the hit television programme as his character Steven Beale comes to terms with his bisexuality.His character, who has also been labelled as mentally ill, residing in a psychiatric hospital for a time will kiss both his female friend Stacey Slater and then his step-mother's brother, Christian Clarke ,played by John Partridge, in a story line that develops over the coming weeks.

  • 22nd February 2008

    Man Charged In Toilet Murder

    Mr Akers died of a single stab wound to the back

    3:29 PM — A 29 year old man appeared in court today, charged with the murder of Jeff Akers, who was knifed to death in a cruising spot in Surrey on Tuesday.Mark Malone, who is unemployed, turned himself in to a Newsbury police station in Berkshire a day after the attack.In a brief meeting, Mr Malone spoke only to confirm his address and date of birth.

  • Swansea Pride Announced

    The event hopes to make up for the loss of Cardiff Mardi Gras this summer

    3:01 PM — A gay "Pride in Swansea" festival is set to be held at the tail-end of summer, it has been revealed.The announcement follows the cancellation of Cardiff Mardi Gras earlier this week, after the popular event was unable to find enough financial support. "It is sad to learn that Cardiff Mardi Gras will not be happening this year but this has made us more determined," Peter Martin of GaySwansea.com told PinkNews.co.uk.

  • LGBT Community Sweep Up Theatre Awards

    The musical Hairspray was recently made into a successful Hollywood movie

    10:45 AM — The LGBT community has swept up major prizes at the annual whatsonstage.com awards - the only theatre awards decided by the public.Hairspray, which features male actor Michael Ball in the lead female role, won seven awards - including best new musical, best director and best actress in a musical. Michael Ball won the best actor in a musical award for his portrayal of Edna Turnblad.Gay activist Sir Ian McKellen snatched the best actor award for his performance in King Lear.

  • 21st February 2008

    Gay stars present awards at Brits

    Actor Sir Ian McKellen and singer Will Young were among the presenters at last night's Brit awards.

    6:00 PM — Actor Sir Ian McKellen and singer Will Young were among the presenters at last night's Brit awards.Sir Ian joked that he had only come along so he could meet singer Mika.Boy band Take That, who began their career more than a decade ago playing in gay clubs, won the awards for best British live act and best British single. Gay favourite Kylie Minogue said she was "grateful and thankful" after being named best international female.

  • HIV+ gay men at “increased risk” from smoking diseases 2

    GMFA points to an increase in the number of cases of “non-AIDS defining cancers“ among people who are living with the virus.

    4:55 PM — HIV positive gay men are more likely to suffer from a variety of smoking related illnesses than HIV negative smokers, a gay health charity has claimed.Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) said: "evidence for this has been growing over the last few years, and these increased risks often have nothing to do with a weakened immune system."The group points to an increase in the number of cases of 'non-AIDS defining cancers' among people who are living with the virus.

  • DUP minister’s gay rugby comments “nasty and spiteful” 7

    Edwin Poots said earlier this week that he “cannot fathom“ why such a team in necessary and said it was a form of “apartheid.“

    2:40 PM — A Northern Ireland minister responsible for sport has been accused of playing party politics with his recent attack on a gay rugby team.Edwin Poots said earlier this week that he "cannot fathom" why such a team is necessary and said it was a form of "apartheid."Yesterday the executive director of the cross-community Alliance Party claimed that Mr Poots' comments were made because his party, the DUP, lost a recent council by-election.

  • Toilet murder victim is named 9

    Jeff Akers, a retired accountant, lived with his partner of 22 years.

    1:15 PM — A gay man who was fatally stabbed in a public toilet in Surrey known as a cruising spot has been named as Peter Jeffrey Akers.The 50-year-old from Wallington was attacked with a large carving knife at around 3pm on Tuesday in toilets near Walton Bridge that police said are "a popular meeting place for men."He was taken by air ambulance to St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey where he died at 5.30pm.

  • Stonewall advert vandalised in Blackburn 5

    The campaign, originally designed for schools, was developed in collaboration with 150 secondary school pupils and teachers for Stonewall.

    12:35 PM — One of 600 billboard adverts questioning homophobia in schools that have been displayed across the country has been attacked by vandals.The poster in the town of Blackburn, was "covered in abusive graffiti," the Lancashire Telegraph reports.Advertising space in England, Scotland and Wales was donated to gay equality organisation Stonewall by Titan Outdoor Advertising Ltd.The message - 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' - is displayed in giant, tabloid-style capital letters, on a bright red background.

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